Did Nietzsche Predict the Post-Modern Politically-Correct Censorship Being Peddled by the Social Justice Warriors?

“It [Politically correct legislative coercion] is resentment, and the demand for power, disguising itself most reprehensibly as compassion; and its time for the mask of that to be taken off and things set straight…” – Jordan Peterson

Because, for man to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.

Otherwise, however, would the tarantulas have it. “Let it be very justice for the world to become full of the storms of our vengeance”—thus do they talk to one another.

“Vengeance will we use, and insult, against all who are not like us”—thus do the tarantula-hearts pledge themselves.

“And ‘Will to Equality’—that itself shall henceforth be the name of virtue; and against all that hath power will we raise an outcry!”

Ye preachers of equality, the tyrant-frenzy of impotence crieth thus in you for “equality”: your most secret tyrant-longings disguise themselves thus in virtue-words! 

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra


  1. The correctness and incorrectness positions are considerations against a set of criteria. This set may be a philosophical reference, a political behavior, or an economic decision making. The correct behavior or reference, sounds to me like a rational behavior, while the incorrect one sounds to me like irrational. There should be a third position, which you may call it bounded rationality or quasi-rationality. Since all of them, ends up confronted against the ethical values and virtues, we may think of individual behavior or choice, in the context of individual knowledge and education. I will simplyfy my question, by posing it:
    Is it socially fair and just that the incorrect, irrational individual make social decisions and choices that impact the collective as a whole?
    Thank you!


  2. Mr. Mitri,

    Thank you for that thoughtful input.

    I’m not sure we can assume that the correct behavior is the same as the rational response in all situations. The rational response from an individual or a subgroup, while it is rational for the individual or political cause, it is not always the best or positive correct response for the Society at large or the culture. We’ve seen examples of this play out over centuries where Insidious ideas and resultant public policy and Corruption results in dominating the political process to the detriment of the whole. The fall of the Greek and Roman Empires are possibly examples of this . The other way this plays out is with ideologies or revolutions that end up destroying the status quo for ostensibly ethical reasons based on a moral argument, but end up being worse than what they replaced. The Communist Revolutions in Russia and China are examples that come to mind.

    As to your final question, we must ask how the judgement of incorrectness or irrationality is being determined and by whom. I think this is why respect for the foundations of the rule of law and preeminence of individual rights, as long as they are truly inalienable rights associated with our Humanity, are so important and need to be upheld and respected at the highest pinnacle. Compelling a person’s thoughts or speech with coercive means such as intimidation or legalized sanction or other forms of marginalizing censorship is a suppressive tool and does not advance the free exchange of ideas or building better models with which to solve problems. It only leads to balkanization and resentment. The smallest unit of a minority is that of the individual and if the rights of individuals with certain viewpoints are suppressed because they are unpopular, then it’s only a matter of time before “they come for you”.


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